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A query about RF

From: Jason Antony <s1118355@student.gu.edu.au>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 18:57:43 +1000
To: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>
CC: www-patentpolicy-comment@w3.org
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Hi Chris

there is a certain clause in the PPF WD regarding royalty-free
licensing 
terms I would like you to clarify. To quote 
from
http://www.w3.org/TR/patent-policy/:

<quote>
Section 4(f), Royalty-Free License
==================================

              A "Royalty-Free License" also called "RF License" shall
have 
the same characteristics as a RAND License, except that a
Royalty-Free
              License:

 <snip />

 3.shall not be considered accepted by an implementer who manifests
an 
 intent not to accept the terms of the Royalty-Free License as
offered by
 the licensor.
</quote>

My query is: what if a licensor offers its technology on the proviso
that 
it cannot be used on opensource operating systems, for instance?
Will a 
port to that platform violate the license and render them
liable for 
damages?

Awaiting your reply
Jason Antony

Signed with experimental GPG key :-)


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